Criticism and Truth

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When the Sorbonne philologist Raymond Picard launched an attack on Roland Barthes's Sur Racine, a book that drew upon psychoanalysis and structural anthropology, Barthes responded with Critique et Verite. Published in France in 1966, Barthes's reply to Picard went beyond its polemical origins to become a key document in the formation of structuralism.
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Written in 1966 in response to an attack on Barthes's Sur Racine , this polemic answers many of the charges brought against French New Criticism by conservative, academic, 19th-century-oriented critics: lack of ``objectivity,'' fondness for ``jargon,'' indifference to the author's intention, etc. More positively, Barthes outlines some key concerns: plurality of meanings; analysis, based on linguistics, of the structures of possible meanings; the idea of a science of literature; and the dynamics of reading. Though some of the issues are specific to the French literary-academic situation, the bulk of this brief essay is a lively and accessible statement of an important modern critical position that is worth reading. Richard Kuczkowski, Dir., Continuing Education, Dominican Coll., Blauvelt, N.Y.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780816616091
  • Publisher: University of Minnesota Press
  • Publication date: 5/28/1987
  • Edition description: New Edition
  • Pages: 119
  • Product dimensions: 8.50 (w) x 5.50 (h) x 0.40 (d)

Meet the Author

Roland Barthes (1915-1980) was a major French writer, literary theorist and critic of French culture and society.

Katrine Pilcher Keuneman is Senior Fellow in the Department of Philosophy at the University of Melbourne, Australia.

Philip Thody was formerly Professor of French Literature at Leeds University

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Table of Contents


Preface to English-language edition

Criticism and Truth

Part I

Part II

Part III


Background notes


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